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WASHINGTON, PA, July 14, 2018 -- In his first start at The Meadows, Windsong Leo extended his winning streak to four with a front-end, 1:50.3 victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. gave Windsong Leo a comfortable 56 opening half, the 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding had plenty left in the tank. Born Of Fire launched a gallant first-over bid that fell a length short while Phoenix Warrior N rallied for show. Windsong Leo soared over $300,000 in career earnings, a career that includes wins at 11 different pari-mutuel tracks: Charlottetown, Flamboro Downs, Freehold, Georgian Downs, Grand River, London, the Meadowlands, The Meadows, Mohawk, Woodbine, Yonkers. Ron Burke trains Windsong Leo for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura. Jim Pantaleano and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a $160,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, July 12, 2018 -- Windsong Leo, who already has won at 10 pari-mutuel tracks in his distinguished career, will try to add another -- and extend his current victory streak to four -- when he makes his debut at The Meadows in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace. He'll go from post 4 in race 8 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. piloting. Saturday's card also features a pair of rich total-pool guarantees -- $10,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13), $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7) -- as well as a $1,781.30 jackpot in the Super High 5 (race 13). First post is 1:05 PM. A 6-year-old Jereme's Jet-Windsong Goldie gelding, Windsong Leo has won at tracks of all sizes throughout the continent -- Charlottetown, Flamboro Downs, Freehold, Georgian Downs, Grand River, London, the Meadowlands, Mohawk, Woodbine, Yonkers. His current owners -- Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Phillip Collura -- purchased him privately last year after watching him on tape as he looped the field for an improbable victory. Recalls trainer Ron Burke: "I thought, 'that's not possible. You can't win from there. I must be watching the wrong replay.' Then I thought, 'we have to have that horse.' All the wins in Windsong Leo's current streak have come on the front end at Yonkers, but Burke indicates he's much more versatile than that. "When we first got him," Burke says, "I didn't think he'd like to race up front, but that's changed. He will race on the lead or near it. When you move him to a bigger track, he actually seems to like it and races even better. That's what makes him dangerous." Burke indicates he shifted Windsong Leo from Yonkers, at least for now, to invigorate his group of fast-class horses here. "Truthfully, except for Stride Of Pride, that group hasn't been up to our expectations," he says, "and I really don't like losing that (Preferred Handicap) race every week at The Meadows." On Saturday, Windsong Leo will face Phoenix Warrior N, an opponent of similar versatility and success who's won two straight. "Phoenix Warrior N is so dangerous because he can race either way, too. That will make it an interesting race," Burke says. If Windsong Leo finishes first or second, he'll soar over $300,000 in career earnings. The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer an appealing variety of fan-centric events to complement Saturday's program. The "Rockin' On The Rail' series of live Saturday concerts continues with a performance by Darling Nikki Featuring Jason Walker. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The MSOA will provide paddock tours, starting gate rides and a drawing for Pittsburgh Pirates tickets. To participate or for more information, stop by the MSOA table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 21, 2018 -- He was unraced at 2 and enjoyed only modest success on the Ohio fairs circuit at 3. But Stride Of Pride has blossomed as an older harness racing horse. In fact, he'll be seeking his third straight victory in Saturday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding leaves from post 6 in race 3 with Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., his pilot in both his recent victories. Saturday's card also features a pair of total-pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 9-13) -- as well as a $3,949.20 jackpot for the Super High 5 (race 13). In addition, Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred ever with more than $7.5 million in lifetime earnings, tries again for career victory 100 (race 11, post 9). First post is 1:05 PM. Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables purchased Stride Of Pride privately last September a few months after observing him at Northfield Park. Recalls trainer Ron Burke: "We watched him get to the half in 53 and still hang on to win. You don't see that very often. We approached the owners, but they said they had no interest in selling. A couple months later they got back to us, named their price and we were more than glad to buy him. "He got sore, so we gave him a little break. He's been super since then. I don't know if he's racing any better now, but I think he's had more opportunities in better spots." Stride Of Pride won 11 races last year and took his mark of 1:49.3 two weeks go. But perhaps the most pleasant surprise about his development, Burke says, is his growing versatility. "That's the part I really like about him," Burke says. "I thought he might have been a 'full-speed' horse but didn't know if we could race him off the pace. Now that we can, it makes him a little more dangerous." He indicated Stride Of Pride will continue to race at The Meadows in the immediate future but may shift to Yonkers later in the year. Saturday's program offers a number of fan-centric activities. The "Rockin' on the Rail" series of Saturday live concerts continues with a performance by Tony Janflone, Jr. The music begins on the apron at the conclusion of the races. The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will host "Harness Racing Bingo" and offer paddock tours and starting gate rides. Fore more information or to participate, stop by the MSOA information table in the Racebook. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Northfield Park's leading driver, Ronnie Wrenn Jr., continued his winning ways on Saturday (June 16) winning eight times on the 16-race program. Ronnie's triumphs were with World Of Gaming ($3.00) in race two, Lady Gallipolis ($5.20) in race three, Blues Queen ($2.60) in race four, Southwind Lea ($3.80) in race six, Stirling Euphoria ($4.20) in race 10, Feelin Red Hot ($7.60) in race 11, Stucklikeglue ($2.20) in race 12 and Derek Delight ($3.00) in race 14. Wrenn won his first race in 2008, a $2,800 Billings event at the Hillsdale Fair in Michigan, aboard Artful Power. Since breaking his maiden, Ronnie has scored over 4,500 more times with purse earnings approaching $27 million. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, June 16, 2018 -- Stride Of Pride busted out of jail at the top of the lane and went on to capture his second straight victory in Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Stride Of Pride was third into the final turn but in tight quarters along the cones. When Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. angled him wide off the pylons, the 5-year-old Manhardt-Apple B gelding brushed past Reggiano, who raced well first over, and downed him by a neck in 1:50.3. Rock The Nite shot the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Stride Of Pride, who extended his career bankroll to $146,627, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and RTC Stables. Mike Wilder and Wrenn each collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- In a rare battle of millionaires, Dapper Dude got the jump on Dancin Yankee and held him at bay late to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was drafting in the pocket behind his stablemate, Anythingforlove A, when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent him after the lead past the three-quarters. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest blew by in a heartbeat, with Dancin Yankee in tow. Dapper Dude downed Dancin Yankee by a head in 1:50 while 56-1 long shot Rock The Nite rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts a career bankroll of $1,242,500, for Renee Bercury. With his place check, Dancin Yankee soared over $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. The Bercurys were at it again in Saturday's co-feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. There, Barn Girl -- trained by Bill, owned by Renee -- won a heated three-way scrum for the early lead and prevailed in 1:53, a tick off her career best. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now has won $673,668, and she improved her career winning percentage to a nifty 50 -- 49 victories in 98 starts. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Mike Palone, on the 12-race card GEORGE BONOMO WINS BILLINGS LEG  WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- 'Chicago' George Bonomo squeezed off the cones with Time Outa Jail down the backside, gobbled up the tiring leader and captured Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings amateur trot at The Meadows in a 10-1/4-length romp. Once Bonomo and Time Outa Jail found racing room, they surged past Mike "The Mortgage Man" Mitchell and Ki Ki Canolli and scored in 1:58. Bob "The Lumberman" Troyer was second with JLS Too Hot Taj while Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola and Better Call Saul rallied from a backside break to earn show. When Ruvola finished third, she assured that family bragging rights would remain with Bonomo, her father -- at least until the next Billings event. Christ Hershberger trains Time Outa Jail, a 7-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Two Timer gelding who extended his career bankroll to $252,533, for 'Chicago' George and Rose Bonomo. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, May 22, 2018 -- Graceful Vision was dismissed at 15-1, as was Rosemary Rose at 12-1, so few expected one of them to win Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Yet they both did, dead-heating for win with matching furious rallies. Graceful Vision and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. got the jump, moving behind the live cover of Medusa, while Rosemary Rose and Mike Wilder followed that pair third on the rim. The winners were a nose better than Lakeisha Hall, who was fashioning her own rally in the Lightning Lane, scoring in 1:51 on a "good" surface. The time is a career best for Rosemary Rose. Doug Snyder trains Graceful Vision, a 5-year-old daughter of Yankee Cruiser-Vision Of Grace who was using Lasix for the first time, for Frank Poerio, Jr. She extended her lifetime bankroll to $245,580. Ron Burke conditions Rosemary Rose, a 4-year-old daughter of Foreclosure N-Pantathlon, who now boasts $295,142 in career earnings for Burke Racing Stable, Jason Melillo and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card. By Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, April 5, 2018 -- Ordinarily, when drivers first locate at a harness racing track, they may experience some lean months as they build relationships and eke out assignments. With Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and The Meadows, however, it was pretty much love at first sight. Wrenn, 31, has been driving at The Meadows relatively briefly, splitting time with tracks in Ohio where he lives. But he's become so successful at The Meadows -- and popular with trainers -- that he had a drive in all 12 races last Saturday. For this Saturday's card, he actually was named on 16 horses over 12 races. He'll drive in each of the first eight races before heading to Ohio. Saturday's program gets underway at 1:05 PM and features a pair of rich pool guarantees -- $7,500 for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), $5,000 for the Pick 5 (races 8-12). Several factors may be at play in Wrenn's instant success at The Meadows. First, his deep roots in the sport make him a familiar name. His late father and his uncle, Peter Wrenn, both are Michigan Hall of Famers while their brother Gary was a blacksmith in the business. Yet harness racing wasn't his first occupational choice. "I didn't think about driving as a career," he says, "but when I started working for Uncle Peter, I found harness racing is in my blood." In addition, Wrenn was prominent even before arriving at The Meadows, with a pair of North American dash driving titles (2013 and 2014) to his credit. This year, his 182 wins (as of mid-week) rank him second in North America behind Aaron Merriman, and his .376 UDR is third after Louis-Philippe Roy and Merriman. At The Meadows, he ranks fourth in wins, fifth in UDR, and he's become the regular pilot for such outstanding horses as Ron Burke's Camera Lady, who's won seven of nine starts this year. "I like the driving style at The Meadows, and I like the guys," he says. "Driving there is a way to better myself. I really appreciate the opportunities I've been getting from trainers like Randy Bendis, John Sullivan, Scott Betts and Ron Burke." Wrenn's hectic schedule is similar to that of Merriman, although he doesn't consider himself in Merriman's league as far as travel goes. "It's difficult to do what he does, and he's been doing it a long time," Wrenn says. "He's all in. I like to take some vacations and enjoy myself." Wrenn and his wife, Briana, are expecting their first child in October, a blessed event that may reinforce his commitment to multitracking. "The baby has to eat, so I still have to keep making money. And this is only the first baby." As for Saturday's card, Wrenn suggests a pair of his mounts that may fare the best: "Thoughtyoudlikeit (race 1, post 7) is down in class again. I don't think the outside post will affect him. He likes to go fast and do his work. I think he has a good shot. Pembroke Bada Bing (race 5, post 1) raced well last week. He has a good shot." On Saturday, Mychoice members can compete in the Road to the Triple Crown Thoroughbred Handicapping Contest. More information is available at the retail counter in the track's Racebook. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2018 — Camera Lady avenged her only defeat this year when she made up 8-1/2 lengths over the back half and nipped Albany Girl — who upset her last week — in Tuesday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Away sixth, Camera Lady followed the live cover of her stablemate, Rosemary Rose, before fanning three wide into the final turn. Under the urging of Ronnie Wrenn, Jr., she caught Albany Girl in the shadow of the wire and downed her by a head in a career-best 1:53 in the slop. Graceful Vision closed well for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who won for the sixth time in seven 2018 outings and extended her career bankroll to $168,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 10-race card. Live racing at The Meadows continues Wednesday, when the card features a two-day carryover of $4,952.13 in the Pick 5, races 7-11. First post is 1:05 PM.   Evan Pattak

WASHINGTON, PA, March 7, 2018 — Camera Lady found yet another way to win, shooting the Lightning Lane to capture her fifth straight victory in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady had won on the front and with furious rallies during her streak, but on Wednesday, she stalked Medusa from the pocket and blew by late to score for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. in 1:53.4 over a “good” surface. The first-over Graceful Vision was second, 3/4 lengths back, while Fox Valley Charm also used the Lightning Lane for show. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go who lifted her career bankroll to $153,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Wrenn collected a sweep of Wednesday’s co-features when he guided Maewegonow to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot. Richard Perfido conditions the 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Mauresmo, who now boasts lifetime earnings of $241,844, for Thomas Mattingly. Tony Hall piloted four winners on the 10-race card while trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed a triple. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a pair of carryovers — a $5,022.63 carryover in the Pick 5 (races 6-10) and a $2,881.31 carryover in the day’s first superfecta.   Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2018 -- Camera Lady remained undefeated in four starts this year when she sustained a rally that carried her from worst to first in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Camera Lady followed the live cover of Graceful Vision before moving three wide into the final turn for Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. The 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go just got up to down early leader Medusa by a nose in 1:53.4, with Fox Valley Charm another nose back in the Lightning Lane. Ron Burke trains Camera Lady, who extended her career bankroll to $144,603, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. Camera Lady winning Wednesday’s feature - Chris Gooden Photo Jim Pantaleano and trainer Christen Pantaleano teamed for a pair of victories on the 10-race card while Wrenn and trainers Dirk Simpson and Burke also enjoyed doubles. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino Home of Pennsylvania's largest jackpot ever paid, The Meadows is an all-inclusive entertainment destination and significant economic generator for the region. With its nearly 1,300 employees, The Meadows provides approximately $125 million in taxes annually and more than $14 million per year to the Local Share Account designated for new economic, community and industrial development projects. The Meadows features 82 table games and more than 3,100 slot machines, premier restaurants with spectacular views of the gaming floor and the racetrack, a racing grandstand with VIP suites, a simulcast area, an 11,000 square foot event center, a 7,500 square foot banquet room and an all-ages bowling center. The Meadows also offers a high limit slots area and a high limit table games room featuring exceptional service in a relaxing, upscale setting. For more information, please see:   Evan Pattak  

WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 23, 2018 -- Racing off an 18-week layoff, Thoughtyoudlikeit got the cover trip he needed, shooting the Lightning Lane to capture Friday's harness racing $17,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life Pace at The Meadows. Thoughtyoudlikeit, who last performed on Oct. 9, stalked the leader, Lincolnjames, through mid-stretch, where he inched away and downed that rival by 3/4 lengths in 1:53.3 over a "good" surface. The first-over The Dark Shadow finished third. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. drove for trainer Randy Bendis; that duo teamed for three wins on the 10-race card, and Wrenn picked up two more victories late to lift his total to five. Tom Pollack and Bendis own Thoughtyoudlikeit, a 6-year-old Ponder-Give The Gift gelding. Live racing at The Meadows continues Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino  

Harness racing driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. made his 4,000th trip to the winner's circle after winning with Sultan Of Cash in Northfield Park's 5th race on Monday (August 7th) in the 3rd leg, 3rd division $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes Freshman Colt Trotters. Wrenn led at every call with Sultan Of Cash, eventually besting his competition by 1-1/4 lengths. The 1:59.4 clocking was the 6th career score in as many starts for the undefeated 2-year-old trotter, who returned $2.80 to win. The 30-year-old Wrenn began driving in 2008. His 4,000 wins have helped him garner almost $22 million in purse earnings. He won the 2013 and 2014 national dash driving titles; the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Northfield Park driving titles; and the 2013 driving title at Northville Downs. Wrenn is a 2005 graduate of Hartland High School in Hartland, Michigan. He played center field for and graduated from Mott Community College in Flint. Although Wrenn comes from a racing family, he did not take an interest and become involved with horses at an early age. "I was 19 or 20 when I jogged my first horse. I was always really busy with sports and stuff," said Wrenn. "I didn't really have time for it." However, after weighing his options and slowly becoming more interested with the family business, Ronnie decided on a career in racing. "I was just sitting at the table working on homework on my computer one night and looked up and told my dad I wanted to be a driver. He looked at me like I was crazy. But I was old enough that he really didn't have a lot of say, and so far it has all worked out pretty well." Wrenn earned his first win behind Artful Power in a $1,400 Billings race at a Michigan fair. "It was hard breaking in at first. I guess I got lucky to be put on some good horses and things just took off," offered Wrenn. "My parents and grandparents really helped me a lot as well as countless other people." Wrenn's richest win ever came in the last year's $250,000 sophomore pacing Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Northfield Park with Whataboy. His fastest victory was in 1:49.2 with Doo Wip Hanover in the 2015 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. Wrenn rates some of the best horses he has ever driven as Arch Madness, Betterluvnexttime, Doo Wop Hanover, Luck Be Withyou, Night Pro and Victory Is Coming. "There are many owners and trainers that have given me opportunities and I will be forever grateful to them," offered Wrenn. "To win races, a driver has to drive fast horses for talented trainers with good owners." Wrenn was married in June of this year and resides in Stow, Ohio with his wife Briana. Ayers Ratliff

ANDERSON, Ind.-May 30, 2017 - Satin Dancer and driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. turned in a dominant gate to wire performance to capture the featured event of the evening, the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes final for three-year-old trotting fillies, at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Tuesday, May 30. The Byron Hooley trained filly stopped the timer in 1:55.1 to score her second consecutive victory and establish a new lifetime best in the process. Sent off as the 4-5 favorite, Satin Dancer utilized her customary strategy and left aggressively to get the lead through the opening panel in :27.3. Ajessia and Doug Rideout also left alertly to find a spot along the rail in third while Intothelight and Trace Tetrick protected their rail position next in line fourth. Wheels A Turning and Joe Putnam were unable to find a spot along the rail and pressed on to engage the leader through the half in :57.4. Satin Dancer was able to put away Wheels A Turning at the three-quarter clocking in 1:26.3 but the rest of the field was also closing in. Swan Defined and LeWayne Miller, the 6-5 second choice, looked primed to strike around the final turn but made a costly break as the field turned for home. Utilizing a :28.3 final quarter, Satin Dancer turned away all rivals and coasted to an easy three and a half length victory. Ajessia rallied well to finish second while Intothelight rounded out the trifecta. As the heavy betting favorite, Satin Dancer returned $3.60 to her backers at the betting windows. "She definitely likes things her way," Hooley noted after the victory. "She's fine once she gets going but she can be a little difficult sometimes. Ronnie (Wrenn Jr.) does a great job with her, he gets along very nicely with her and we're thankful he came over to drive her. We're excited about the rest of the season." The daughter of Big Stick Lindy-Shaken Not Stirred recorded her third win from four seasonal outings. Satin Dancer has now won 12 of 20 lifetime outings while pushing her lifetime to bankroll to $321,058 for her owners at Summit Pacing Acres LLC. As a two-year-old, Satin Dancer was the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final winner and also equaled the national season's record for two-year-old filly trotters on a half mile track with a 1:57 score at The Delaware County Fair last fall. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino continues on Wednesday, May 31 with a 14-race card featuring the $75,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Wednesday's 14-race card will also be highlighted by a $20,000 Guaranteed trifecta in Race 10. With a daily post time of 6:30 p.m., live racing at Hoosier Park will follow a Tuesday through Saturday schedule and be conducted through November 17. The 24th season of live harness racing is highlighted by the 34th edition of the Breeders Crown, harness racing's championship event valued at $6 million, on Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

LEBANON, OH. - McRaven, the hard luck harness racing colt that was sidelined after just two starts-both Ohio Sires Stakes victories-as a two-year-old, is back bigger and better than ever. The son of McArdle captured the championship of the 46th annual edition of the James K. Hackett Memorial for Buckeye bred sophomore pacers on Saturday (April 22) at Miami Valley Raceway, stopping the timer in 1:51.4 despite significant winds and chilly 48-degree temperatures. Following a third place finish in his initial 2017 outing, an elimination heat of the Hackett a week ago, trainer Brian Brown had McRaven primed for a big effort in his first major test of this season. Driver Ronnie Wrenn Jr. settled the winner third at the pylons well before the quarter-mile marker was reached and saved ground inside all the way to the head of the stretch before swinging three-wide for the stretch drive. Despite drifting a couple lanes in the lane, McRaven paced four lengths faster than any of his rivals in the final furlong to edge Barley Up (Peter Wrenn, Ronnie's uncle) by a half length in 1:51.4. Heracer (Josh Sutton) also finished strong to claim the show money. Pacesetter Major Nemesis (Tony Hall), who had established a local track record of 1:51.2 in his elimination, made an untimely break in midstretch after cutting fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:23.2. The Findlay, Ohio partnership of Country Club Acres Inc. and L & H Management Services own McRaven. His next start is expected to be in the first leg of the 2017 Ohio Sires Stakes series on Tuesday, May 2. If all goes well, he has an invitation to the new $50,000 Scarlet and Gray Invitational for Ohio-sired 3-year-olds on Miami Valley's closing day program May 8. McRaven Kiss Of Terror (Kyle Ater) swept from far back early to triumph for the second straight week in the $20,000 Open Handicap on the same card. Due to his outside post, the 5-year-old Western Terror gelding was dispatched at 12-1 odds, but managed to beat Control Tower (Dan Noble) and Gerries Sport (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) for his ninth seasonal victory. Kirk Nichols and Seth Downing own Kiss Of Terror, who is trained by Dan Ater. Kiss Of Terror Gregg Keidel

Ronnie Wrenn Jr. again topped the local driving ranks in 2016, winning 612 races over the Flying Turns. His nearest competitor, Aaron Merriman, drove 533 winners. Kurt Sugg (305), Jason Merriman (291) and Ryan Stahl (275) completed the top five reinsmen. Wrenn, 30, resides in Stow, Ohio and now has five driving titles under his belt. He won the dash titles at Northfield Park in 2013, 2014 and 2015. He also won the Northville Downs title in 2013. Ronnie's 2016 total victory tally was 690, which ranked him second among all drivers in North America. Only Aaron Merriman (891) had more total wins in 2016 than Wrenn. Wrenn began driving in 2008 and has since won 3,658 races and purses in excess of $19 million. Wrenn's fasted win ever came in the 2015 edition of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs aboard Doo Wop Hanover in 1:49.2. His richest was with Whataboy in last year's $250,000 Ohio Sires Stake Final for sophomore colt pacers at Northfield Park in 1:51.3. Northfield Park's 2016 leading trainer Brian Loney won 30 more races than any other local conditioner. He garnered 136 victories throughout last year. Michael Dowdall finished second with 106 wins. Sam Schillaci (105), Jessica Millner (85) and Sue Stockwell (69) rounded out the top five Northfield Park trainers for 2016. Brian, originally from Hager Hill, Kentucky, now lives in Northfield, Ohio. He and wife Harla Renae have three children: 16 year-old son Gannun, 12 year-old son Payton and seven year-old daughter Polly. Loney, 38, scored his first training win with the gelding pacer Stealth Fighter at Fairmount Park in 1996. To date, he has 1,476 career victories and purse earnings over $4 million. The 2016 Northfield title is the fifth local dash victory for Brian. He has also won titles at Bluegrass Downs, Fairmount Park, The Red Mile and Thunder Ridge. Wrenn and Loney will each be presented with a plaque and dining gift certificate to the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in a winner's circle ceremony later in January. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

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